Although Corpus is a great place to live year-round, springtime is an especially nice time of year. Flowers are blooming, the beaches are quiet, before peak tourist season hits and the weather is temperate. Spring is a perfect time to take a closer look at your biggest investment—your home—to make sure you are taking the right steps to maintain your property and make any improvements that will allow you to better enjoy it.
Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017
ABC Home & Commercial Services is a family-run company which prides itself on making homeowners’ lives easier with reliable, high-quality services. As a trusted resource in the community, ABC employees go above and beyond to treat your home as we would our own. As a part of this commitment to superior home services, we created a Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017.
This 9-page Guide includes:
- Eight things to do in Corpus this Spring
- Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
- Spring Cleaning List of Where to Donate or Dispose of Common Household Items Locally
- Advice on How to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard
- Spring Gardening Tips
- 6 Signs You May Need to Repair Your AC
- Common Plumbing Problems & Solutions
- Easy Home Improvement Projects
Download the entire guide here. For a preview, read about Common Plumbing Problems and Solutions and Spring Garden tips below.
Common Plumbing Problems & Solutions
As a homeowner, it’s best to be prepared for anything, including an unexpected plumbing problem. Here are the most common plumbing problems and how to resolve them.
Problem: Leaky pipe
Solution: Install joint fillers or a fitting compound for a temporary fix until you get the job fixed correctly by a professional.
Problem: Dripping faucet
Solution: Replace the washer inside the faucet itself. For faucets without washers, you may need to replace O rings or seals. You may also need to replace your cartridge or check pipes or fittings for signs of damage.
Problem: Low water pressure
Solution: Clean out faucet aerators and showerheads with vinegar or a store-bought cleaning solution specifically designed to remove mineral deposits.
Problem: Running toilet
Solution: Adjust the chain between the flush level and flapper to the right length. Clean or replace the flapper if worn or damaged.
Spring gardening tips
Although the planting season in San Antonio is nearly year-round, spring is a great time to either start a garden or make improvements to your existing landscape. Here are some ways you can keep your garden thriving in the year ahead.
Remove Dead Growth
Despite our mild climate, leaves, branches and other debris often accumulate in our yard during the winter months. Take advantage of sunny days at the start of the year to remove dead limbs and sticks and to trim or prune plants in your garden to encourage new plant growth and discourage pests and disease.
Select Native Plants
Did some of your plants not make it through winter, or would you like to expand your beds? Select plants that are already adapted to our climate, as native species require less watering and care.
Nourish Your Soil
Even the healthiest lawn needs nurturing twice a year using fertilizer. Once plants are established (or healthy above-ground growth appears from seeds) mulch your garden with compost, wood chips, bark or other mulching materials to help retain moisture.
Be sure to water regularly, especially when plants are getting established. New plants can often use daily watering until they develop healthy roots. When you water, water slowly and deeply. Avoid watering during the hottest part of the day, as water will evaporate before it can sink into the lower layers of soil.
ABC Makes Homeowners’ Lives Easier
Whether it’s spring, summertime, fall or winter, homeowners can rely on ABC to make their lives easier. With the help of ABC’s Spring Guide, you’ll have a better handle on what you can do to protect your biggest investment. If you want to do the work yourself, great, and if you want to hand it off to someone else, you know who to call. Whether it’s help with pests, mowing, fertilization, landscaping, tree care, sprinklers, plumbing, heating and cooling or even holiday lighting, Corpus homeowners can trust ABC to get the job done and get it done right.